The Spirit, Vol. 1

The Spirit Vol Written by Darwyn Cooke and Jeph Loeb Art by Darwyn Cooke J Bone Cover by Darwyn Cooke The first volume of the award winning series is collected in trade paperback featuring BATMAN THE SPIRIT and THE

  • Title: The Spirit, Vol. 1
  • Author: Darwyn Cooke J. Bone Dave Stewart
  • ISBN: 9781401214616
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Written by Darwyn Cooke and Jeph Loeb Art by Darwyn Cooke J Bone Cover by Darwyn Cooke The first volume of the award winning series is collected in trade paperback, featuring BATMAN THE SPIRIT and THE SPIRIT 1 6.

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    1. Nope. Not feeling this one.Which is a shame, 'cause I really loved DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1.This thing just felt sort of awkward. Like maybe it was trying to be a sort of parodyish spoof of an old-timey comicor something. The whole thing was a collection of one-shot issues that tied together (kind of) loosely at the end. The last issue, which was a Spirit/Batman team-up, was cute, but not worth slogging through the rest of the stories.Everything had a sexist/racist undertone to it that made [...]

    2. Darwyn Cooke is the only writer/artist I've seen in thirty years that actually captures the spirit of well, The Spirit. Alan Moore has written some fine Spirit stories, but since Moore doesn't draw, the art always suffered. Cooke totally "gets" the character and atmosphere, and the ghost of Will Eisner proudly haunts these stories. Not only are "problem" characters (such as the "comically" stereotyped 1940's cab driver Ebony) updated in convincing ways, but the new original characters, such as G [...]

    3. Edit: I have since read three volumes of Will Eisner's Spirit Archives and it really does improve this series. Having come across P'Gell, the Octopus and Mister Carrion and Julia before, I can appreciate how Cooke brings them into the modern day. I also can appreciate more of the slightly light-hearted tone of the series, at least in how it mostly comes down to The Spirit punching someone, heh. Also, it's a HUGE plus to see Ebony rendered as an actual human being (the definite low point of readi [...]

    4. I've never read Eisner's original Spirit comics--in fact, I've never read any Eisner, which is a big hole in my comic book education--but my local library happened to have Darwyn Cooke's recent run. I've read Cooke's previous adaptations, Richard Stark's Parker #1: The Hunter and Parker: The Outfit, and I enjoyed the art, so what would Cooke do with Eisner's characters, especially since Eisner is noted for his experimental and artistic layouts.The Spirit started in 1940 and exists now in some hy [...]

    5. I'll start by saying that I had no idea who the Spirit is, other than Eisner basically wrote the book on comics and visual storytelling. But the character? Nada, so I had no idea what to expect other than Cooke's artwork and that is truly wonderful, especially some of the single and two page spreads that are the title cards for the issues.There's no intro, in the story or on a summary page of who the Spirit is. The first two issues show him on two separate cases, but there are no captions and no [...]

    6. *Note: This is a general review for Darwyn Cooke's run on the book, Volumes 1 and 2.If someone, anyone, was going to revisit Will Eisner's classic The Spirit, it had to be Darwyn Cooke. No one else in comics was better suited to handle both the narrative and artistic tone of the character, and I think Cooke nails it. I don't know any of the stories of The Spirit before reading this book; I just knew that a lot of the characters had horrible puns for names (Sand Saref? Silken Floss?). And coming [...]

    7. This is a lump-all review of "The Spirit" in general, the most delightful comic strip (well, maybe "Pogo") ever to run in the papers. There are so many collections of "The Spirit" out these days that I've lost all track of them. Originally, it had a unique format: an eight-page supplement to the Sunday comix section of the 1940s that told a complete adventure by, or as often, surrounding the masked crime fighter hero/anti-hero of Central City. It was unlike anything else to run in the papers. Hu [...]

    8. I love Darwyn Cooke, and his adaptation of The Spirit does not disappoint. It's humorous without being silly and stylish without descending into self-parody. Unfortunately, my only prior knowledge of the character comes from the trailers for the absolutely terrible-looking movie that just came out, so I can't say if Cooke's done the character any favors.Here, he comes off as sort of a low-rent, low-tech, light-hearted version of Batman, which makes his pairing with Batman at the end of the book [...]

    9. I really enjoyed the artwork here, and the entire spirit (lol) of the book. It makes me think this is what good comics would have been like in the 50s. There are bad guys with schemes, and people die, but still, it harkens back to a more innocent age, but still retains relevance. The Spirit is a fun hero, one who died, only to be reborn (he was really just in stasis for a few weeks, and like he wisely points outgood thing he was in a crypt and not buried or cremated!). He's got a colourful cast [...]

    10. For me, the draw here was Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone rather than Will Eisner's streetwise superhero. I've never been a huge fan of The Spirit, in that most of the stories I've read featuring the guy barely feature him- he's a supporting character in his own comic. The individual issues here give a good taste of the character and his world and I really enjoyed a lot of the stuff here. Cooke's artwork is amazing; I've been a fan since I scooped Baman: Ego out of a quarter bin back in high school and [...]

    11. Like The Batman, The Spirit has no superpowers, a young sidekick and a close relationship with a police chief. But he differs from the Dark Knight in that he does little to hide his identity (a Zorro-like mask and a trenchcoat) and he doesn't have any fancy gadgets (doesn't seem to carry a weapon of any sort). The Spirit's just a former cop trying to foil a few criminal plots in Central City, and he has a habit of running into dangerous attractive women. I like that he's more of a normal guy tha [...]

    12. I love darwyn cooke's art and will get just about anything he does. I have a couple of the spirit archives as well and was interested to see how this would work, especially considering the spectacular parker series being able to adapt older source material. While not having super knowledge of what exactly the adaptation could pick up from the original, i think he tried to keep the personality of the spirit and his rogues while updating the world around. It is hard to believe that a goof like den [...]

    13. It feels wrong giving anything Darwyn Cooke is responsible for one star. He's one of my favorite working creators and the man behind one of my favorite comic stories ever, New Frontier. Yet, here we are. It's hard for me to put my finger on what didn't work about these stories for me, I just know I was bored. I think it could be because I'm one of the six people who really liked The Spirit movie, and prefer the characterization of the character found there compared to what's present in this book [...]

    14. I will be happy to look at anything Darwyn Cooke draws. He takes the superhero back to that golden age. After reading Darwyn Cooke's "New Frontiers" I looked for anything else he illustrated and this is the first one that arrived. I read this with reservations since taking on Will Eisner's creation is a risk, but it really captures the look and feel of those early Spirit serials. MY favorite story was the Spirit and Batman, even though parts of it felt very forced. Okay, I admit it I'm a sucker [...]

    15. A new take on Will Eisner's Spirit. After suffering a death, of sorts, private investigator Denny Colt becomes the vigilante Mr. Blue. The Spirit.Notes:- short stories, can stand alone a whole create back story for main character. format was a bit confusing at first, though- great artworkminiscent of 1940s comic books- The Spirit is truly accessible - no superpowers, doesn't always win right away, interesting life- cheesy, old-style comics tone (sometimes great, sometimes not)

    16. ¿Cómo olvidar a Ebony White? ¿Como no agarrarle cierto cariño a Ellen, que anda con el vestido de novia en la cartera? ¿Como no reírse un poco de la candidez de los personajes? ¿Como no quererlos un poco,como se quiere a un amigo que no ves hace mucho y que de repente, encuentras cuando vas a comprar pan?Will Eisner es, sin duda, mas que Spirit. Pero Spirit fue uno de mis comics mas queridos, aunque no se en donde estara guardado. caja de mudanza, supongo, al lado de las fotocopias de los [...]

    17. They did a great job of keeping it "Eisner-ish". The colors were excellent, and I like when there are seemingly unconnected chapters that all fall into place at the end.This was a quick, enjoyable read, with the added pleasure of being very visually stimulating. The names usually associated with The Spirit are so great! I would love a name like Pink Taffetta, Scarlet Rose orwell, if you read these type of comics, you'll know what I mean. I wouldn't complain about one of those Varga Girl bodies e [...]

    18. Darwyn Cooke is a very worthy successor to Wil Eisner in the revival of the Spirit (a newspaper comic strip serie, created by Eisner, that first appeared in 1940). Though firmly set in the modern day, it has the feel of Eisner's work on the character during its heyday of the 40's. This volume collects the first six issues of the DC series as well as a crossover between Batman and The Spirit that is faithful in its depiction of both characters. An enjoyable read and very highly recommended.

    19. I've been a big fan of Eisner's the Spirit comics for decades - have all of the Kitchen Sink editions. Eisner "invented" the comic book and his style is cinematic - reading his comic stories are like watching a movie. I had the pleasure of meeting him briefly before he passed away - priceless.DC Comics had (has?) Darwyn Cooke telling new Spirit stories in the style of Will Eisner. Cooke and crew do a pretty good job of recreating the feel and look of the old Spirit stories.

    20. Read this when I was younger and I remembered loving it. Rereading it years later, I think I hyped myself too much. It was still good- The Batman/Spirit Crossover is easily the best story, and Darwyn Cooke's artwork is fantastic (as always). Overall, it's not as great as I remembered i.e. not 4 stars but still good i.e. 3 stars.

    21. For my money, while the art is certainly gorgeous, the stories here kinda fail to capture the spirit of Will Eisner's ,,(heh). I think the Veitch/Moore Greyshirt stories were a much more interesting and vital take on the Spirit tradition. It kinda scares me that the Batman story basically worked best for me also, since it was co-authored by Loeb.

    22. Cooke's revival of the Spirit takes the classic character and re-imagines him for the modern day. The core of the character is intact; it's only the details that have been updated. It's a bit dark, but that feeling of it being a book from a foregone time, one which you remember fondly, is still there.

    23. Darwyn Cooke writes a modern day Spirit like Will Eisner would have if he was around to do it. It's fresh but respectful, funny, and a blast to read start to finish. And to top it all off Cooke is an amazing artist. The title pages in particular are some of the most striking images I can remember in recent comic book history.

    24. Reprints The Spirit #1-6 and Batman/The Spirit #1. The Spirit battles crime in Central City and encounters Batman. Cooke's art combines with Eisner's character perfectly and creates a comic with an old feel while modernizing the character. The Spirit's quirkiness works in this series and the stories are light while still being dark.

    25. I love Darwyn Cooke's throwback style of art. It is mesmerizing. I had never read any Spirit stories prior to this so I knew very little about the character. I thought the stories were nothing groundbreaking but they were solid and entertaining. When combined with the art it is a really fun read. The cast of villians are goofy but interesting. Good stuff overall.

    26. This is a 3.5 but I have to round down because it does feel a bit off. I get that Cooke is playing in Eisner's sandbox but this just feels off. The racist stereotypes and names are just strange next to a world where cell phones and Gitmo are a thing.The art is great and the last story was better than the others so I'm willing to give this more.

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